RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation Week and Exam

To attain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore candidates must pass a practical examination of their skippering ability. A Yachtmaster is capable of skippering the yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night.

He or she will essentially be a much more experienced Coastal Skipper and can do the same things more smoothly, for longer periods and in more arduous conditions.

Early in the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination however our experience normally leads us to work on the following areas; passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations.

The instructor will debrief you fully as the week progresses and ensure that you get time to work on those weaker areas. Before joining the course, students should have the pre-requisite experience outlined above, navigation theory to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level and a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations.

The examiner will ask each candidate to skipper the yacht on several short passages and complete various demonstrations of their skippering and sailing ability over the course of the weekend.

Course Overview

  • Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
  • Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills.


  • 5.5 days - We meet you on the Sunday at 1000 and at 1830 we will settle you onto the boat and discuss the plan for the week and the preparation week then finishes on the Friday at lunchtimewith the exam usually starting on the Friday afternoon and finishing on the Saturday. Exam duration is between 10-12 hours per candidate.

Previous Experience Required

  • 50 days aboard
  • 5 days as skipper
  • 2500 miles logged
  • 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.
  • RYA VHF Radio Course
  • RYA First Aid Course
  • Suitable First Aid Certificate: Click here for the RYA guidance
  • Although not compulsory we also recommend the RYA Radar Course - no knowledge of Radar will be an instant fail!.
  • Finally we also recommend you have completed at least one other RYA Practical Course - this is so you will have an understanding of the RYA standards required.


  • Accommodation on board for the duration of the course + Friday and Saturday night at the end of the course free of charge.
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Bedding (Duvet and 2 pillows)
  • Towels
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches (including homemade cake!)
  • 2 evening meals + evening meal for the exam
  • Use of wet weather gear
  • Use of lifejackets and safety lines
  • All mooring fees including water and electricity
  • WIFI

Price Per Person

990€ + exam fee of £224  




  •  27th February 2022 - FULL
  • 20th March 2022 FULL
  • 17th April 2022
  • 1st May 2022 - FULL
  • 5th June 2022
  • 3rd July 2022
  • 7th August 2022
  • 11th September 2022
  • 9th October 2022
  • 13th November 2022
  • 11th December 2022

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Example Itinerary

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Example Itinerary Coastal

Example Itinerary Coastal


  • 1830 Arrive at Puerto Calero and check in at school reception cabin
  • Receive wet weather gear & lifejackets. Meet the instructor, and move onto the yacht to settle in
  • Stowe away personal kit
  • Instructor's safety briefing and yacht familiarisation talk
  • Go ashore for evening meal and drink. A good chance to break the ice, have a relaxing evening and chat to the instructor about what you want to achieve from the week.


  • 0800 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • Recap safety procedures on deck.
  • Engine start controls and rigging/slipping of mooring lines and fenders
  • Slip mooring and under engine exercises giving everyone a chance to steer the yacht under power
  • Practice coming alongside and leaving various pontoons with everyone rotating jobs and having the chance to practice in a variety of wind and tide situations
  • Short sail to an anchorage or mooring buoy giving everyone the chance to get used to the yacht under sail practicing the basic sailing manoeuvres of tacking, gybing and putting in and shaking out of reefs. This will give everyone the chance to refresh the basics of sail handling and trim
  • 1300 Lunch at a mooring buoy or anchorage. Discuss the use of liferafts and how to handle emergencies such as flooding, fire and collision
  • The first skipper of the day will plan a short passage taking into account wind, tide and pilotage information from the charts and almanacs
  • The Instructor will demonstrate MOB procedures on route with and without the use of an engine. Each student will get the chance to practice this manoeuvre.
  • On route the instructor will demonstrate the use of spinnaker or cruising shute if weather conditions allow.
  • 1830 Enter Puerto Calero and moor up. Stow sails and tidy up on and below deck
  • 1900 Debrief on day's events
  • Prepare cross channel passage plans as re quested by examiner
  • 2000 Supper ashore and, if needed finishing of pre prepared passage plans


  • 0800 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 0930 The first "Skipper" will plan a trip to an anchorage for lunch. On route each crew member will practice MOB. The instructor will recap the procedure for deciding a good anchorage and working out the required heights of tide
  • Prepare to enter anchorage. The designated skipper will organise the foredeck crew to prepare the anchor and chain in anticipation of arrival
  • 1400 Lunch on route
  • 2nd "Skipper of the day" plans a trip to an evening destination that involves a cross tide course and entry into a shallow harbour.
  • Set sail for evening destination revising the collision regulations on route. Instructor will explain the procedures for handling navigation in restricted visibility followed by a simulated exercise to find a buoy in fog
  • 1730 Arrive at Puerto Calero or at anchor and prepare supper
  • Debrief the day's events
  • Each candidate will plan a leg of a night sail that will involve entries or departures from harbours or finding unlit marks as a navigational exercise
  • 1900 Depart for night sail exercise
  • 0100 Arrive at destination


  • 0900 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 1000 Carry out some more manoeuvring under power using pontoons and mooring buoys
  • The instructor will demonstrate how to sail onto a mooring buoy in a wind against tide situation followed by each student having the opportunity to have a go
  • 1200 Lunch at anchor or on route
  • 1300 1st Skipper of the day will plan a short trip to the evening destination. On route the instructor will demonstrate the use of electronic navigational aids such as GPS and Chart plotters.  Each student will practice using waypoints.
  • Discussion on route about crew management and skippering techniques
  • Each student practices MOB on route both with and without an engine
  • 1900 Arrive at evening destination and meal ashore


  • 0700 Showers ashore, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 0930 Practice sailing on to and off pontoons
  • 1115 1st "Skipper of the day" plans a short trip to lunchtime anchorage
  • 1130 Set sail for lunch time destination practicing Man Overboard on route. Practice some slightly advanced sail trim techniques and rudderless sailing
  • 1330 Lunch on route
  • 1400 The instructor will demonstrate how to sail onto a mooring buoy in a wind with tide situation followed by each student having the chance to practice
  • 1500 The second "Skipper of the day" plans a passage to a night time destination
  • Depart for evening destination with discussion on route about weather and the factors that affect yacht stability
  • 1900 Arrive at destination and debrief the day’s events
  • Meal ashore


  • 0900 Showers ashore, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • More practice


  • Exam day!

Bookings & Info

For more information & bookings please contact Stephanie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recommended RYA Books

We also recommend some precourse reading in preparation for your week with us and these can be ordered from the RYA via the links below.

Buy The Sail Trim Handbook at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Yachtmaster Handbook at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Introduction to Radar at the RYA Shop
Buy Navigation Lights and Shapes Cockpit Cards at the RYA Shop Buy Navigation Lights and Shapes Cockpit Cards at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

If you do not have one already you will need the RYA logbook, which you can purchase direct from us upon arrival for a cost of 15 euros, or you can purchase direct from the RYA via the link below and bring it with you (the examiner will need to see this).

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands


Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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